The supply of drinking water is set to improve for customers in West End, Bundoran as Irish Water in partnership with Donegal County Council is set to embark on a project to replace approximately 250 metres of old, problematic watermains. These watermains were prone to frequent leakage and bursts causing supply disruptions and water quality issues for customers in the area. The old mains are being replaced with new high density polyethylene (plastic) pipes.

The works are planned to commence in early May and will be completed in June 2021. Once completed customers in this area will enjoy improved water supply with less disruption and improved water quality. Farran’s Construction Ltd are contracted to carry out the work on behalf of Irish Water in line with COVID-19 restrictions.

Commenting on the project Declan Cawley, Irish Water said: “This mains replacement work is part of a significant investment by Irish Water to upgrade the water network in Bundoran.  We are delighted to bring a more secure and reliable water supply to the local community. Replacing these old, problematic water mains will reduce the instances of bursts, water outages and amount of clean drinking water lost to leakage.  The installation of the new water mains will also help conserve this precious resource and improve levels of services for homes and businesses in the area. We would like to thank customers in advance for their cooperation and patience while we complete this essential job.”

This project is one example of how Irish Water is working in partnership with Donegal County Council to reduce leaks every day. Fixing leaks can be complicated with over 63,000km of water pipe in Ireland. Most leaks aren’t visible, resulting in precious water being lost but we are making progress. In 2018 the rate of leakage nationally was 46%, by the end of 2020 it was 40% and we are currently on course to achieving a national leakage rate of 38% by 2021.

Declan added: “The works will take place along the R267 West End, Bundoran from Bay View Avenue junction to Elizabeth Court apartments entrance. To facilitate the safe delivery of the works, there will be some traffic management in place. Local and emergency access will be maintained at all times.

“The works may involve some short-term water shut offs and the project team will ensure that customers are given a minimum of 48 hours’ notice prior to any planned water shut offs. We understand that this type of work can be inconvenient and works crews will make every effort to minimise any disruption these necessary works cause.”

Customers have been notified about the works and can phone Irish Water on 1850 278 278 if they have any questions about the project or check out the Water Supply Updates section of the Irish Water website for regular updates.

The National Leakage Reduction Programme helps provide a more reliable water supply to Irish communities by reducing high levels of leakage and improving water quality. Its delivery represents an investment of over €500 million between 2017 and 2021 to reduce leakage and replace old pipes on the water network.

Irish Water continues to work at this time with our Local Authority partners, contractors and others to safeguard the health and well-being of both staff and the public and to ensure the continuity of critical drinking water and wastewater services. Irish Water would like to remind people to follow the HSE COVID-19 advice and ensure frequent handwashing.

Irish Water is working proactively with our delivery partners and as part of a multi-agency working group to ensure that our construction works are carried out in a controlled and safe manner, in keeping with Government and HSE guidelines to protect workers, their families and the broader community.

For more information on reducing leaks visit our National Leakage Reduction Programme page.

Water main replacement
Water main replacement


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